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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”

Nkosi Dalibhunga Mandela. (Nelson Mandela)

The building of this school was a lifelong dream of a young man called Nkosi Dalibhunga Mandela ( traditional title of Nelson Mandela) who grew up to be the world renowned and much loved Nelson Mandela. He wanted to see a secondary school built in the town where he was born. This will be the first secondary school in the village of Mvezu where Mandela was born.

The school opened its doors on 17 January 2014 with a ceremony attended by various dignitaries. The school has the capacity to accept 700 learners and the goal is to achieve this figure by 2016.

The school was funded by Siemens with an investment of 89 million rand including an undertaking to maintain the school for 3 years and was built on the grounds of he original Nkwenkwezi Primary School. The school has been built to be almost self sufficient regarding power, with wind turbines and solar panels and several other modern technology.


This, (now famous) area is made up of six small villages bordering the banks of the Mbashe River in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa and is populated by 2 400 people who live in meagre conditions with no electricity or water.


Mandela School of Science & Technology – The School educating the next generation of South African leaders who are going to change the world.


The Mandela School of Science & Technology strives to provide a nurturing educational environment where pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are able to acquire knowledge, develop their skills and have an equal opportunity to build the sustainable future of South Africa, and the world.


  • Courage
  • Curiosity


Learners will follow the national curriculum as well as:

  • Engineering
  • Science 
  • Technology
  • Agriculture 


  • Two computer labs
  • Engineering design lab
  • Library
  • Modern equipment
  • Sports and recreation facilities


The first intake of students in 2014 will be grade 8 to 10 followed by grade 11 in 2015 and grade 10 in 2016.


2010  CEO of Siemens took up the challenge of  heading the project to build a school that Nelson Mandela had mentioned to him as being a dream of his.

2012 Construction of school starts.

2013 Community members offer their time to help build the school.

2014 January sees the intake of 420 secondary school learners take their seats.

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